Art at Home | Contemporary Landscapes

  • Bringing the outside in, this Art at Home edit embraces Contemporary Landscapes as an expressive motif.

    From oil and acrylic to digital imagery with uninhibited line, formwork, and colour, these eight artists depict the landscape as art, exploring medium and composition to tell narratives at the heart of their surroundings.

    Contemporary Landscapes reveal diverse interpretations using realism, geometry, and gestural styles, capturing both a natural and urban environment. The artists invite politics, identity, and a retelling of the environment to the forefront of the discussion in modern art.

    Magnolia House by Robson Rak features artwork ‘Leaving For The Country’ by Greg Wood | Photography by  Mark Roper

    Lindsay Blamey

    Now based in Melbourne, Lindsay Blamey grew up in rural Victoria, with this juxtaposition feeding into his photographic and digitally-enhanced artworks that balance the urban and rural.

    The works deceptively appear as landscape paintings, a whimsical romantic notion engaged through the dreamy colour palette, birds perched on gum trees, seeping purples, pinks, and light blues through the cloudscape. However, the contrasting foreground depicts shipping containers, graffitied trains, concrete bridges, and servo stations — each overlaid with a tiny person, wandering, maybe a little lost through this alternative reality.

    Melanie McCollin-Walker

    Capturing the untamed beauty of the Tasmanian wilderness, Melanie McCollin-Walker’s evocative contemporary landscapes blend memory and perception. The Barbados-born, now Hobart-based artist uses paintings to engage meditative contemplation through atmospheric, light-filled, and intricating paintings.

    “There is something quite humbling about the grandeur and reverend solitude of this rugged terrain and the enduring grace, strength and beauty of the river, with its ancient forests and hillsides that converge around the water’s edge,” Melanie says. “I am intrigued by the delicate balance of contrasts which shape the landscape, how the light dances over tree tops and mountainsides, while dark shadows find their home in the furthest recesses of the river.”

    Marion Abraham

    Tasmanian-based artist Marion Abraham creates her contemporary landscapes in oil, building layers with the sculptural capacity of paint. Though the composition is decidedly modern in its approach, after years of studying the classics, hints of Monet and Renoir appear in the subject matter. However, unlike the traditional Impressionist artists, the artist rejects conventional power structures and gender roles, self-described as a ‘feminist killjoy’.

    Adriane Strampp

    Questioning the real through her dreamy landscapes, Melbourne-based artist Adriane Strampp is a romantic-style painter who engages memory and relationship in her works. Her ethereal paintings utilise oil and wax to create an effect that blends subject and shadow through erasure, developed over a long period of time.

    Adriane’s methodology offers multiple opportunities for a connection of experience through a reduction in core elements like subject and colour – leaving a distinctively personal interpretation.

    Wendy McDonald

    Based on a property near the Murray River in Southwest NSW, Wendy McDonald is both an artist and a farmer; her experience of the landscape directly feeds her expressive, textural artworks. 

    In a myriad of colours that reject traditional notions of landscape paintings such as pinks and blues, the environment is offered a sensitivity, perhaps one that contrasts her day-to-day working relationship. Wendy explores this sentiment in printmaking and painting, the artworks capturing “the ebb and flow of the creeks and rivers and the dramatic changes of the seasons”.

    Alexia Vogel

    South African artist Alexia Vogel engages the environment for her lush landscape paintings that hover between the real and the abstract. Using an instinctual and spontaneous mark-making method, Alexia trusts the falling drips on the paint to add life and texture to her artworks. With expressive, colourful brushwork, the oil paint constructs its own narrative that the artist guides into composition, void of time and place. As a result, the paintings invite a sense of “immersion and getting lost or enveloped in a thought or feeling”.

    Christopher Pease

    Minang/Wardandi/Bibbulmun artist from South Western Australia, Christopher Pease, depicts the landscape through figurative oil painting and a traditional Indigenous storytelling lens. Employing the visual metaphors and motifs of Western notions of home and land ownership and the consequent loss of Aboriginal culture, Christopher uses oils, resin and ochres to capture the emotive subject matter. The result is an overlaying of culture and activism that invites his audience to consider the landscape in a more meaningful way. 

    Shane Drinkwater

    In punchy, bold colours and geometric formations, Queensland-based artist Shane Drinkwater’s contemporary landscapes feature a pop-art-like aesthetic. Employing his own language of lines, dashes, and dots, Shane captures the sense of landscapes, topographical or astronomical maps, and coded networks in his paintings. The works may initially appear as minimal abstractions, but a closer look reveals a unity that connects them visually with surrounding environments. “Ideas and images appear through the making of the work, language becomes unnecessary, I let the work speak for me,” Shane says. 

    St Huberts by Robson Rak

    ‘Ponytail Palms’ by Katherine Dolby in St Huberts by Robson Rak | Photography by Mark Roper

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